The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville Fireworks Festival goers enjoy a magic show in the kids zone on Thursday at Forest Park.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville Fireworks Festival goers enjoy a magic show in the kids zone on Thursday at Forest Park.
What a glorious Fourth of July it was here in Noblesville. The weather was a typical hot July day and thankfully no rain.
It was a little warmer walking in and watching the Noblesville Fourth of July parade, being that the festivities began earlier in the afternoon than usual.
But we took bottles of water and lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the parade along the shady Logan Street.
The parade, themed “Stars and Stripes Forever,” featured many patriotic red, white and blue entries.
Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear and first day Teri Ditslear smile and waved from the back of a red convertible, while parade grand marshals former Sen. Luke Kenley and his wife, Sally, smiled and waved from the back of a blue convertible.
Special Olympics Hamilton County, Noblesville Lions Club, veterans groups, Navy Ship 29, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Noblesville Police and Fire, Hamilton County Republic Party, Indiana Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville), Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, political candidates, The Belfry Theatre Apprentice Players summer “Honk! Jr” cast singing songs from the upcoming show, Hamilton County 4-H’ers, Cub Scouts, Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission’s Shakespeare in the Park’s “Macbeth” cast, Pink Slipper Ballet Studio, Hamilton County Good Samaritan with its Festival of Trees float and more.
Noblesville Marching Millers performed the Neil Diamond favorite, “Sweet Caroline,” as they walked the parade route.
It was a great turnout for the parade as it was for the parade watchers.
With the move of the Noblesville Fireworks Festival to Forest Park this year, I must admit I was a little skeptical about the idea of shuttles to take folks to the park, where there would be limited or no parking for festival goers. The festival was also lengthened to a six-hour event, beginning at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 10 p.m.
Despite the heat and the change in venue, I was pleased to see all of the folks who came out for the festival, riding trolley shuttles from all over Old Town Noblesville, where shuttle stops were marked by easily visible popup tents.
Plus, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce president Bob DuBois welcomed festival goers to a special VIP fireworks viewing event and party on the Forest Park Lodge deck, and greeted the guests near the north entrance of the park.
The festival was spread throughout the park, with inflatables, a magic show, kids stage, ninja warrior course, zipline, Nickel Plate Express train rides, kids zone games and arts and activities, live band and more. An array of food and drink lined a midway area near the carousel. Folks played basketball, skate boarded and played miniature golf at the Tom Thumb mini golf course, enjoying many of the park amenities.
By 10 p.m., when the fireworks were to begin, the hills of Forest Park Golf Course were filled with folks watching the fireworks, this year set off on the golf course. Indiana 19 was closed to thru traffic from Logan Street to Field Drive for the festival and fireworks.
I heard many folks reminisce about how they watched the fireworks at Forest Park when they were young, this year bringing back lots of memories.
At the end of the fireworks, festival goers quickly boarded Noblesville school buses, which transported them all back to their shuttle stops. By the time that we left the park, the last of the festival goers were on the buses or hiking out of the park to their cars at the Moose Lodge or nearby Old Town homes.
Great job Noblesville for this year’s festival changes, shuttles and fireworks at Forest Park.

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